The Paradip Port Trust has appointed Kolkata based Blue Water to develop a deep draught iron ore berth at the port.
The project envisages development of a deep draught iron ore berth on BOT basis with handling facilities for 10 million tonne of iron ore. It has received MoEF clearance. On completion, the said berth would accommodate cape size vessels with matching loading facilities.
It is a part of the Rs 591.35-crore project that includes a iron ore berth and coal berth with the length of about 380 mtrs, for handling ships of 1,25,000 DWT in the initial stage and 1,85,000 DWT in the final stage. The deep draught berth project has been aimed at deepening the berth draft to 17 mtrs from the present 12.5 mtrs and the channel depth to 19 mtrs from the existing 14 mtrs. The project concession period is of 30 years. Work on the coal berth is expected to commence by June 2013.